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How Did You Get Started Online

July 28, 2011 | By Adrienne Smith

How Did You Get Started OnlineI did my first podcast interview this past Monday with none other than the famous Mr. Steve Roy of “Ending The Grind”.  Steve and I met several months ago when he popped over to my blog after reading one of my comments over at his place.

After reading my “About Adrienne” page, he then invited me to do a guest post on his blog.  He had no idea I had not written one yet so I was really nervous.  But I’m happy to say that “Finally Living For Me” was a big success.  He was so impressed because it’s still listed as his most popular posts with 158 comments.  I was SO impressed how all of you guys all rallied together to make it such a huge success.

As the interview progressed (I’ll let you all know when it will go live) he asked me what was the best method for anyone just now coming online for getting started.  Can you believe that the first words out of my mouth were “call me”!

Is Google Our Only Option

Honestly, how did you get started online?  I mean I know when I ventured into this arena I didn’t have a clue what to do.  Sure, we all head over to trusty old Google and type in whatever phrase we are searching for.  But we also know how much junk and hype you’re going to find too.  I was immediately swimming in information overload.

So seriously, I really want to know these answers.

  • How did you get started online?
  • For the brand new person venturing into this arena today, what suggestion would you have for them?
  • Is there one key piece of information that helped you the most?
  • Is there one particular training community that you really felt gave you everything you needed?

I know there is no “one stop and shop” place here online and everyone is doing something different.  You have those interested in affiliate marketing or network marketing.  You have those who want to create their own site selling their own things or maybe you are a coach or you do web design.  I mean there are so many different directions you can go so is there one key piece of information you have that may help others just venturing into this arena?

Good Old Personal Development

We are all aware how personal development plays a key part in success whether you are online or offline, whether it’s your personal life or your business life.  But a lot of people are still not aware of this.  I certainly wasn’t.

Do you know what sparked my curiosity?  A friend of mine gave me the movie “The Secret” and told me to watch it.  He gave that to me in December of 2006 and I lost my job in January of 2007.  Had I not watched that movie, I probably wouldn’t be here today.  I wouldn’t have known any better.  I would have gone right back into the corporate world doing the same thing I had been doing all those years.  I wouldn’t have known any better, just like a lot of people today.

We all know that personal development is the key to having everything in your life.  So do you have a particular book that you believe would benefit the new person just entering this industry?  Again, not one particular book will ever be enough but generalize why this area is so important and ignite that fire in them to continue their growth process.

So What’s Your Point! 

So where am I going with this?  I guess I’m just curious.  Because I know in a few weeks that podcast is going to go live and I hope that some people who visit Steve’s blog will want to come over here and see what I’m all about.  I am hoping that this post will give them the answers they are searching for which is where you come in.

Steve’s blog is about helping people who are still stuck behind a desk learn that they can escape too.  That there is more out there for them and with a little encouragement and help from the blogging community, they too can start doing something online so that they can finally say goodbye to corporate America.  My question to you is, “What piece of advice would you give them today”?

Let’s help those people guys.  Let’s give them the information they are searching for.  My first response when Steve asked me that question was for them to call me.  My heart really just went out to those people because this is a dog eat dog world and there are some really not very nice people out there ready to take advantage of you.  So let’s help them find their way online and give them the answers they are so desperately searching for. You game?

Let’s help all those newbies who are eager to get started in this industry find the right information that will help them along.

Comment Away

I would love for you to leave me a comment to and share with us how did you get started online?  Where do you suggest the new person go to find information that you were searching for when you first got started.  I’m sure there will be someone reading this post that will be heading in the same direction you did and the information you share will be beneficial to them.  By now, it might even be your own.

I appreciate you guys so very much.  I know this post will really help a lot of people.  When Steve’s podcast interview goes live, I’ll have him direct them to this post so they will be able to find the information I hope they are searching for all because of you.

So thank you, thank you, thank you.  Each and every one of you for participating.  Just know you will be helping someone save a lot of time and heartache because of the information you shared today.

{ 66 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marcus Baker
Twitter:
July 28, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Congratulations on your upcoming podcast interview. Podcasts is one area I have never ventured into. Look forward to listening to yours Adienne.

How did you get started online?

I was not born into the Internet age so I regard it as the greatest technological ‘invention’ in my lifetime. I was fascinated by it’s power and potential from Day 1.

I first went online because I wanted a way to travel and generate income at the same time. Travel is one of my greatest passions. I have no interest in accumulating material possessions beyond the basics. I have been traveling and living in various parts of the world for most of the last 15 years.

I have probably been involved with just about every legal way of making money online possible. I eventually settled primarily with using the Internet to connect with people who who “get” the residual income business model and have focused my online marketing efforts (blogging and social media mainly now)to connect with those who are ready to work less and have more life.

Is there one key piece of information that helped you the most?

Find and work with one focus area at a time until you have exhausted it, then move on to another if you choose to.

Is there one particular training community that you really felt gave you everything you needed?

Difficult to pinpoint just one community as I have learned form them all but there is one community I love and respect more than any other and that’s the blogging community. You get to meet wonderful people and learn continually and it does not cost a cent.

One personal development book I would recommend:

I believe totally in creating my business deliberately via the law of attraction. A very practical and user friendly book that will help people to implement this in their business is “Law of Attraction by Michael Losier” .

The best advice I can give anybody thinking of going online is, connect with as many people as you can, find a mentor/s you can trust, learn only as much as you need to, then implement your learning until you are successful before learning more. Don’t get yourself into excessive debt, have fun and remember there is far more to life than business and making money.

This is a wonderful idea for a post Adrienne. Thank you.

~Marcus

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2 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 28, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Marcus,

I can’t thank you enough for doing this and sharing all your wonderful advice. I truly believe that the recommendations that others will share will be a huge benefit for those just now venturing into this industry. I appreciate the time you took to share this with us so again, thank you SO very much. Plus, I enjoyed hearing how you got started because trust me, we didn’t have any of this when I was growing up either. I do love it now though, we are truly blessed.

Have a fabulous day my friend, fabulous! :-)

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3 Jeffrey Morgan
Twitter:
July 28, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Hi Adrienne Smith,
How I got started online? I ran out of money for my Linux Operating System. I needed $50,000.00 more to make a go of it. I thought I would take the Internet Marketing World by storm …… WRONG!

I wish I hadn’t done it now. The work was much more than I anticipated and has put my Operating System behind schedule. I’ve learned a little, but not too much to help me with the marketing and design of my operating system.

My aim was to provide Super Computers for the Desktop. So I’m truly a long way from home engaging in Internet Marketing.

Personally I’m all about Blogging for the individual and CMS’s, mainly WordPress. More and more of my clients are wanting to merge the static site with WordPress so they might better control content.

I feel Blogging is the perfect place to start, as everyone who desires to earn income online will need a personal presence, beyond Social Media. You can earn an income online without a Blog, but those who establish themselves with a Blog will rule the future. However, keep this in mind as you start your journey:

“YOU’RE ARE AN INTERNET MARKETER FIRST, BLOGGER SECOND. YOUR TASK A SIMPLE ONE. DRIVE TRAFFIC TO YOUR BLOG AND OFFERS AND CONVERT THAT TRAFFIC TO SALES”.

Starting with a Blog also gives the advantage of learning how to deal with the tech stuff without drowning, if you are so challenged.

The best way to start? First, you have to commit yourself totally. Don’t start if you’re not willing to do tons of work and pay your dues for the first 24 to 36 months. You’re likely to find part-time work in this industry a disappointment.

Next, find a domain name and host. Critical: Start with just one name and one Blog. Remember to keep your niche of interest in the domain name you choose.

Your second step with be to find someone to help you with “BUILDING YOUR OWN BLOG”. This will save loads of time and will accelerate the process greatly.
Stay away from reading other Blogs about earning money online. This will greatly confuse things for you in the beginning. Rather focus on purchasing a product or two in your area of interest.

Then, set aside monies for expenses for at least 24 to 36 months. This will provide you with your greatest advantage towards establishing yourself.

For the first year, write a post every single day. This will help you gain traction with your Blog. Write about things that you need to run your Blog. That way your writing not only helps others, but is a killer reference for you to keep track of all the material that is needed to run and manage a Blog.

Also don’t go overboard with the Social Media thing. Start with Twitter and Facebook. Hold off on the Article Marketing for now. You’re writing will need at least some refinement before you can engage the power of Article Marketing.

Begin to build your personal mailing list. Use PLR’s material starting out. It will help build a solid client list without burning large amounts of time building opt-in materials that might be of questionable quality.

During your second year cut back on your writing to 1 to 3 posts per week. Use your time saved from writing to begin building your Marketing Power.

During this time ……… stay out in front of what you are doing. Have all posts written in advance. Also, by this time you should have a good idea of the personal products and Affiliate Offers that you want to offer to your clients. Build these products in advance of your product launches.

You may have questions about being fluid in your work with so much of your work done in advance. Don’t be concerned. This will play to your advantage. When you see an opportunity that you want to try, you can react quickly without tangling up your product or writing creation process. Also if failure presents itself with one of your spontaneous projects, the impact will be limited.

Following the outline above will at the very least provide you with an enlightened future, if not a good living online.

Focus, think ……… make a difference with your life and inspire others. :)

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4 Adrienne Smith
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July 28, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Wow Jeffrey, wow… What a fabulous outline you have presented here. Thank you SO much for this. I’m telling you, we are paving the way for the beginner who is confused about this industry. I have the best blogging community around and I can’t thank you enough for putting so much love into this post because you KNOW it will really help others.

What a fabulous outline and like you, I wish I had this when I first got online. If I knew then what I know now, I would be so much further along. But at least we will be helping those who really are interested in making a go of this but just don’t know where to start. If they can’t figure it out through the information my readers are providing, my heart goes out to them.

Thank you again for your time and effort you put into this. I am truly blessed, you are awesome my friend. :-)

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5 Carolyn July 28, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Hi Adrienne, how beautifully typical for you to want to help others!

Like Marcus and you, I was on the Internet way back when, before Windows, requiring me to enter lines of code to direct the computer where to find the websites. Images were rare then because connections over phone lines were sooooo slow.

I don’t monetize my blog, so no one may care about my advice, but for beginners, visit lots of other sites to see what you like and what you don’t like. If you’re going to put ads on your site, decide what is too cluttered and promise yourself not to do that on your blog.

Also check out the designs, levels of interaction, and other aspects of sites you like (do they use images? What plugins do they use?).

I wouldn’t say there was a key piece of information that helped me, but read as much as possible, both about blogging and your niche. By the way, your niche should be your passion, because you will become immersed in the subject.

I can’t say there was a book or a site that helped (or a movie). But don’t be shy about asking for help. I have emailed other bloggers for advice and they have always responded quickly and helpfully.

Finally, since you’re reading this blog, congratulations! You are already three steps ahead of the game by discovering and amazing blog with a super lady who is tireless in her efforts to help others.

Good luck!

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6 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 28, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Hi Carolyn,

You know I think that it’s really cool that you were a lawyer by profession and are now here online so I think that your take on this will also be extremely helpful. We all come from different backgrounds so we are paving the way for the newcomer no matter what they did in the corporate world.

I totally 100% agree with you. If you land on a blog and like the look and want more information, don’t be afraid to contact the owner of that blog. The majority of the people will respond but you’ll also have that selected few that won’t. But remember, you won’t know unless you ask. Just don’t be afraid to ask because there are some super awesome people here just waiting and willing to help.

Thank you for your fabulous comment, you know how much I appreciate you! What contribution you have shared to this topic. Thank you so much my friend. Now, have a glorious day!

Adrienne

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7 Carolyn
Twitter:
July 30, 2011 at 7:47 PM

I guess I’ve been very fortunate. I have never had a blogger not respond to one of my questions within hours. Even the most famous folks (I asked before I knew any better), responded right away. And of course, Adrienne, you are awesome at responding to my many inquiries, never laughing at my silly questions (or at least not letting on that you’re laughing!).

Hope your weekend is awesome!

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8 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 31, 2011 at 10:49 AM

That is fabulous news Carolyn, you were a lot braver than I was when I first started. But am glad to help in any way I can as I know most are.

Thanks for your input and hope you are also enjoying your weekend.

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9 Bill Dorman
Twitter:
July 28, 2011 at 5:16 PM

First of all, if I knew someone was trying to figure it out and be able to make some kind of income either directly or indirectly through their online presence I would probably send them your way.

I had the luxury of just clunking along and keeping it social. However, it has opened my eyes to some opportunities but it’s more tied into our corporate site and the blog we will have there. I’m excited because of how wide open this still is and so much opportunity you don’t even know what it is yet.

Fortunately being in front line sales I’m only stuck behind my desk if I want to be. I can go out and network to my heart’s desire. Of course, at the end of the day something still has to be sold, but that seems to take care of itself.

Good to see you and make sure you give us a head’s up when it pops. Kaarina did a GP at my site today if you want to go see her. She did a good job.

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10 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 28, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Ah Bill, aren’t you a doll. Thank you, that’s so kind of you. I know you know a LOT of very successful people online now so I’m so very flattered you would send them my way.

Thanks for your input and I definitely will go check out your first guest post over at your place. Looking forward to reading Kaarina’s post. Thanks for that heads up. I’ve been SO behind with my blog commenting today. Sorry I haven’t made it by there earlier. So, see you soon my friend and thank you again.

Adrienne

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11 Chrysta Bairre
Twitter:
July 28, 2011 at 7:40 PM

I look forward to viewing your podcast interview! You are such an inspiration to me.

Though I still consider myself new at all this, I’ll give your questions a go.

How did you get started online?
After almost 6 years working for a small employer I loved, I realized my career was becoming stagnant. In addition to my own desire to grow professionally, my employer was hard hit by the recession and I knew layoffs were coming.

I started putting myself out there, getting out of my comfort zone and discovering my career options. I joined a professional organization, started networking like crazy, and researching career success online.

I have kept a personal blog for many years, and was intrigued by the idea of starting a professional blog to shape my professional voice, build my brand, and create professional opportunities for my future.

I did tons of research on professional blogging and spent a year learning, brainstorming and discovering my niche. Answering questions on LinkedIn was incredibly helpful in determining what topics I had a lot to say and the most expertise.

For the brand new person venturing into this arena today, what suggestion would you have for them?
Know why you’re blogging and let your motivation be your guide. Learn from other bloggers and build friendships. Engage your readers on social media. Be patient- growing a blog following can take time. Have fun!

Is there one key piece of information that helped you the most?
The most valuable advice I read was to create a mind map to brainstorm topics and focus before I started writing.

Is there one particular training community that you really felt gave you everything you needed?
I learned a lot about blogging on LinkedIn. I’ve learned a lot more interacting with other bloggers on Twitter.

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12 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 28, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Hey Chrysta,

Thank you SO much for your contribution to this post. Not only did I get to learn more about you after participating in the niche amnesty day but now I get to learn how you ended up here online too. A little more information than your about me page holds, I love that.

I really appreciate you sharing with us more about how you got here. Wow, you really took the time and researched everything. I’m so impressed, truly. I also appreciate your answers because I know others will find them very helpful. See, Google isn’t our only option which is exactly what I wanted to find out from others.

Thank you again so much and I sure hope you’ve had a very enjoyable day!

Adrienne

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13 Brock Blohm
Twitter:
July 28, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Well – lucky me, I started young-ish. lol. I have always been an entrepreneur. Started to work by age 11. Starting my own business by 18 or 19. Real Estate Professional by 20. I had a little energizer bunny inside of me (and still do lol).

I was approached by someone by age 21 in the industry of MLM. Never heard of it. No clue what it was. I turned it down. I researched it like crazy (the bunny kicked in). I asked myself the question “uhmm, why am I not doing this”? I couldn’t give myself a good answer. So I found a company that I liked and started. I then struggled like 97% of everybody else in this industry. I did more research and found the piece of the puzzle I was missing. The internet! :)

The business turned around and continues to grow. Interesting how things can change rather quickly :)

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14 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 28, 2011 at 9:25 PM

I’m jealous… Started to work at age 11. My parents wouldn’t allow me to work, not even through high school. I’m impressed, you just seem like you’ve had that entrepreneurial drive since you could walk.

After you decided to get into network marketing was there one piece of research that hit home more than another? Like did you get any particular training that you felt helped you more than any other? If not, that’s okay but thought others might really find it helpful. Maybe even those that have your same drive and determination.

Thanks for the comment Brock, really appreciate you sharing. Hope your day has been a good one.

Adrienne :-)

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15 Brock Blohm
Twitter:
July 29, 2011 at 11:37 AM

:)
Well, I wouldn’t say that it was one piece of research – or one ‘thing’. I would phrase it as an education system. MLSP. I’m sure you have heard of it – maybe even part of it. It changed everything.
See, I had a really good grasp about how Network Marketing could be worked online, but the biggest mystery to me was how to drive traffic – qualified traffic! That was the unknown. I tried countless times to research and all I could figure out how to do was SEO. I feel I know a thing or two about article writing and such because of this. But still – no traffic.
Once I got inside of MLSP – my game changed. Completely. lol

So I guess – that was my game-changer :)

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16 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 29, 2011 at 2:32 PM

I know that most of the time it’s not possible to pinpoint just one piece of information that helped you the most but I appreciate you returning Brock and sharing this with us. I really want my readers to have enough information going into this so that they will have some ideas to go by.

I’ve met the owners of MLSP and they are great guys. It is a great learning tool for how to drive traffic to your site so if that’s an area people are interested in pursuing and they would like to go that route, you’ve just given them a good endorsement. I appreciate you sharing that with us. Truly!

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17 Celine Perez July 28, 2011 at 10:13 PM

To start your business online means covering all the basics. You need to have a vast knowledge in computers and internet marketing strategies. I didn’t have these when I started and the very best move I made was to get a mentor. It contributed a lot to where I am now in my online business. So, yes, they indeed need to “call” you, Adrienne!

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18 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 29, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Thank you Celine for contributing to this post. I’m loving the comments I’m receiving and it’s really been very helpful to see the different directions that everyone has taken. I’m so thrilled you found a mentor and they were able to help you along because this place can be very overwhelming wouldn’t you agree?

I appreciate your input so thank you again. Enjoy your day!

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19 Ashvini
Twitter:
July 29, 2011 at 1:49 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Great post :).
I was always online as I was in IT industry and we need to really catchup with each other solving issues, networking for change of jobs and general information of technology.
However it was not really that social, until I started my blog. Heck, I did not even know that I could use to generate traffic from social media. It took me took me a read of hundreds of article on internet among 10 ways to make this , 100 things you should not do , 10 ways to do this and that( infact I used to write articles like that) , to understand what it means to be online and socialize.
I think the questions that come to a person’s mind when he or she gets online is “Where do I start ? ” There are good blogs but they are so hard to find because of this mad rush for keywords :).
Now I have learned something , still I look for tips and tricks to make my blog better or get ideas to write on. But like you and Steve I love sharing stuff I know and making life easier for them. It is not just good feelings, it makes a lot of economic sense to share stuff. Seth Godin says it always and I believe in it :).

Have a great day and thanks for making life easier for so many people :)

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20 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 29, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Hi Ashvini,

It’s always a pleasure to see you my friend and thank you for contributing to this post. This is even giving me a chance to understand and get to know you better.

Like you, I was online a lot due to my corporate position but I had no idea what was involved once I decided to make a go at making money online. It’s a whole other world on the internet. But it’s interesting to learn how you figured this out so thank you so much for sharing that. I believe this is going to be very beneficial for the newcomers.

I appreciate your input and thank you again. Now, enjoy your day! :-)

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21 Eddie Gear
Twitter:
July 29, 2011 at 6:24 AM

Adrienne, This is a good way to get comments. I started to blog in 2007 when a friend asked me something about a forum. It all started when I visited google looking for the meaning of Forums.

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22 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 29, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Hey Eddie,

I definitely want comments on this post my friend, that’s for sure. But it’s mainly for the purpose of being able to eventually help others. So your suggestion for the newbie would be to head straight to Google?

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23 Eddie Gear
Twitter:
July 29, 2011 at 11:23 AM

For me it eventually started at Google. But then again, i would not have found this gold mine, until my friend asked me about something. So I feel, its your thirst for knowledge that is the key. Tools like Google help.

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24 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 29, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Thanks Eddie, just wanted to see what you had done to get started. I appreciate you coming back and making that clear for me. I appreciate it.

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25 Justin
Twitter:
July 29, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Hi Adrienne,
Ending the Grind is one of my favorite blogs and I really enjoy listening to the podcasts that Steve does.

Can’t wait to hear yours. I was a big fan of Steve Pavlina’s blog and after reading his top ten reasons to never get a job post I decided to start a blog. I am working on a ebook that will help beginner bloggers get started including links to helpful websites.

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26 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 29, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Hey Justin,

I love Steve’s blog too and I was so flattered when he approached me about this before he even started. Then he went and interviewed Seth Godin on the first one so man was I really nervous wreck when we finally were able to schedule a time to do mine. Who am I kidding, there’s no comparison at all but to even follow in the shoes of some of the people he’s interviewed so far. I mean WOW!!!

Thank you for sharing that with us Justin. So Steve Pavlina encouraged you to step outside your comfort zone and do something for yourself. Now aren’t you glad you did?

I can’t wait to read your eBook and I have no doubt it will be jam packed with some really great information. Congratulations on that, I’m excited for you.

Thanks for sharing this with us, I really appreciate this!

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27 Dawn Kay
Twitter:
July 29, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Hey Adrienne

Congratulations on diving in there and doing your first podcast and I’m looking forward to listening to it.

I came online looking for more information on how to write an ebook, got way distracted and started selling them on ebay instead.

Then I fell down the wrong road of creating a product about how to make money online when really I wasn’t making that much but thankfully I woke up and smelt the coffe and never released it…thank god!

So my advice to anyone starting out would be to definitely NOT create a product about anything that you’ve not done yourself and your not knowledgeable about because you will be wasting your time.

Get a blog online and start sharing good content and go blog hopping and start building relationships with other bloggers because it’s those relationships that you build that’s the key to online success.

As to communities that I’ve benefited from over the years the main ones for me have been paid ones I’m afraid but well worth the investment…

Randy Smiths More Monthly and the Internet Marketing Apprentice, which I’m still a member of today.

But the person that’s been the biggest influence on me and my business has to be Sally Neill…

I have learnt so soooo much from Sally and she’s helped me move forward in so many different ways that I would definitely recommend anyone just starting out to head over to Sally’s blog and take advantage of all the awesome content on there.

Take care Adrienne and I’ll catch up with you soon.

Dawn

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28 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 30, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Hi Dawn,

Thanks and I’m excited about hearing that podcast too, I think! :-)

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I know this will be very helpful. Little did Sally know she’s been such an inspiration and so much help. So glad Alex convinced her to finally create a membership site. I have no doubt it will be amazing.

I appreciate you sharing this Dawn, thank you so much…

Adrienne

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29 Rick Byrd
Twitter:
July 29, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Adrienne:

First, I am looking forward to listening to the podcast.

Alright, I could write a whole post about how I got started online but I will keep it short for the comment section.

My first go round with working online was with a promotional products company. I worked part-time as an independent contractor and built a website to promote the products. I had a few clients and made a few thousand dollars but at the time it was a difficult business to start online. I tried to promote all kinds of products. Know what I know now I would have selected a specific niche within the promotional products niche. I could have sold just plastic cups or ink pens or stress balls. I finally quit because it started taking too much time on the phone and began to interfere with my full-time job. Anyway, as I was online reading about how to drive traffic to the site I started to read about others ways of making money online. I heard people talk about getting into a niche that you love, so I got into the golf niche. I built a blog, made regular posts, monetized the site with Adsense and another product. I made several hundred dollars and was really excited about that. I also lost about $800 on an Adwords campaign. I followed a “system” I bought online and it sounded like a good way drive traffic. Unfortunately, I did not monitor the campaign for a couple of days and when I finally did it cost me almost $800 for only a few subscribers and no sales.

I have really enjoyed learning about making money online. Last year I decided to make a big investment for me and joined the Marketing With Alex program. I learned a lot from Alex but my biggest problem and stumbling block is me. I had too much fear to really make money the way Alex suggested. I did not feel comfortable putting myself out their online. But through this I did create MarketingWithRick.com and I meet a lot of great people online. I do enjoy blogging but I have been finding it harder to find the time as the family life is busier than ever with the wife and kids. That is when I decided that I should do more affiliate marketing and that is what I am working on now.

About a month ago I looked at the stats and was shocked at how much traffic it was getting considering that I had not posted in about a year and a half. So I have also decided to work on it some and also try to market some physical products on that site as well.

Well that is the short story.

I will be starting a new chapter in my life in about 9 weeks as I will become a full-time online marketer. I am more confident in myself and my abilities so now is the time to get it going.

Take care Adrienne!

- Rick

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30 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
July 30, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Hey Rick,

Ah thanks, I’ll let everyone know when it’s released. He wants to see if I can get at least 180 comments on that podcast so he just challenged me and game on. :-)

Wow thanks Rick for sharing that with us. I can understand how “you” can stand in your own way. I did that my first several years as well. I’ve also used Alex’s training but it was the Forward to Marketing program. I learned a lot, took action, and made money my first month. He definitely has some great training. I’m excited that you will be going full-time with this. It’s an exciting feeling isn’t it! So congratulations ahead of time.

Thanks for sharing Rick. Really appreciate it and this will be very helpful.

Adrienne

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31 Stacey Herbert July 29, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Hi Adrienne, the best advice I could give anyone would be “after a week of reading and overloading yourself with information. Just close your eyes and do it.” I procrastinated far too long before just jumping in. Worried about all the things I didn’t know, rather that all that I did…they see “when the student is ready the teacher will come”. Trying to learn it all once is for sure the longest, most time consuming way you can take to start your on line adventure..and it truly has been an adventure, can’t wait to hear your podcast..

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32 Adrienne Smith
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July 30, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Thank you Stacey for sharing that and you are so right. Just take action… Just listening to some of the people who have shared how they got started, fear and thinking they don’t know enough is what held them back. It’s what held me back and little did I realize that there are plenty of other people in your shoes as well but once you put yourself out there you will realize the people who are willing to help you learn even more. I really appreciate you sharing this with us.

Stay tuned, the podcast will be here soon enough. Yey!!!

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33 Carolyn
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July 30, 2011 at 7:52 PM

This is so true, Stacey! I remember how scared I was to click on that “publish” button the first time (kind of like how scared I was to click “publish” for my #NetAmnesty blog this week, lol!). When you begin, make sure you have a friend handy to give you a pep talk to give you the courage to launch the blog!

Stacey is correct, there are a thousand reasons to procrastinate, so don’t look for those reasons. Just do it! :-)

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34 Jayne Kopp
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July 30, 2011 at 1:41 AM

HI Adrienne, WOW congrats. You simply MUST let us know when we can listen to your podcast interview. I have thought about doing one and using the podcasting technology for a few weeks now.

I think this must be a push I need to investigate it further. I would really love to put something together, so perhaps it’s time to step out there and get uncomfortable again!!

Funny you should ask how we got started online …. as this morning (wee hours) I drafted my post for tomorrow… which marks my 4 year anniversary as a stay at home mom and how i got started online.

It’s a bit loooonngish… so I think perhaps I will come back and leave the link on the comment luv if that’s ok. It’s 11:40pm and I have had one heck of a whirlwind day. :-) I can hardly think, let alone type!

with that said my friend, I am so proud of you and look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Nighty night!

Jayne

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35 Adrienne Smith
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July 30, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Hi Jayne,

Head over to Steve’s site, http://www.endingthegrind.com, and check out his post on exactly how to create a podcast. He did a marvelous job with it so you’ll find it very helpful.

Once again, here we are thinking alike. Please do come back and leave your link to your post because I have no doubt it will be very helpful for others. Thanks Jayne and I’ll look forward to reading that post because I know my readers will be able to learn from you. Oh, and congratulations on your four year anniversary! You must be so proud! :-)

Adrienne

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36 Jayne Kopp
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July 31, 2011 at 5:15 PM

HI Adrienne! LOL as promised I am back! Its been a little ‘busy’ with ‘the kids home but I was able to publish my ‘Anniversary Post’ as seen below! It explains the chains of events that lead me to get started.

I still want to branch out more, and like you have been getting my feet wet in affiliate marketing, an area I would love to get better at… and will!

I think back to your post where you shared your results (a short while ago) and you are definitely an inspiration to me.

I am so pleased I met you because in some ways our efforts are in parallel.

Thanks for sharing everything you do! I just LOVE coming over here (genuinely). I could spend all day!

I’m off to read more of your posts!

Jayne

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37 Adrienne Smith
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July 31, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Hi Jayne and I’m so glad you did come back and I have no doubt that others will also find your post very helpful. I promise to make it over there as well and check it out.

We have so much in common and I love connecting with people like that. Am happy you are venturing into affiliate marketing so you know if you ever need any help, give me a shout. I’ll see what I can’t do.

So glad you enjoy it over here. I do my very best to continue to write helpful and inspiring information. I love your place as ever because you speak from the heart just telling it like it is. I admire that in a person.

Hope you enjoyed more posts and I’ll see you every soon.

Adrienne

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38 Mouh
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August 1, 2011 at 3:53 AM

Some years ago, I created a method to help non-native speaker of English write better essays. I published it for free and many people downloaded it. Then I thought about selling it. That’s how I started online.

I didn’t just play it by ear. I took time to learn. I started reading about anything and everything. That helped me a lot.

I think people who have just started should do that. I mean they should learn some basic things before venturing in this arena. They should also lower their expectations. You can’t be rich over night.

I learned a lot of things online. Maybe I should write a blog post about the things I learned…

It is out of my character to leave a late comment. I got a stinking cold and couldn’t stay online. :D

Have a lovely day!

Mouh :)

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39 Adrienne Smith
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August 1, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Hi Mouh,

You are so very excused my friend. I know when I’m sick I can’t concentrate let alone look at the monitor for any length of time. I just hope you are feeling much better. Don’t you worry about a thing. I still love ya.

How interesting how you got started. I have no doubt that essay was marvelous and helped a lot of people. I also know your teachings on how to write an eBook are probably top notch. The way you lay things out and those exceptional graphics are just awesome.

I think a post about what you learned would be very beneficial. And you are right, don’t expect things to happen overnight. We just live in a world where everyone wants things right now. Very impatient society which is a shame.

Thanks for the comment and hope you are feeling much better now.

Adrienne

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40 Lloyd Christie August 1, 2011 at 6:52 AM

Hey Adrienne, Nice post – I started blogging about 3 year’s ago, I had just learnt how to read/write a couple year’s earlier. I really wanted to explore my creativity and document the key’s to my personal growth.

I have not been the most sociable blogger over the year’s because I’ve been focusing on Specific Goals.

What made me get more sociable! Run in with Jk Allen” from the hustlers notebook. Since meeting him I’ve set myself a goal to be a faster writer, more productive, more creative and more sociable… Jk helped me to realise that I was hiding behind Dyslexia. Now I’m out of the box meeting new people and growing faster and Loving it Thanks Adrienne :)

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41 Adrienne Smith
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August 1, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Wow Lloyd, thank you so much for sharing that with us. JK is a wonderful guy isn’t he? I’m so thrilled to hear that you recently learned how to read and write and are now blogging. I applaud you young man for your recent accomplishments. That is saying a LOT. I’m so glad you are blogging about your personal growth and now sharing this with everyone else. I can’t wait to stop by your place.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog and leave your comment on this post. I really appreciate your input. See, if you can do this anyone can. I love that.

Have a wonderful week.

Adrienne

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42 Jens P. Berget
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August 1, 2011 at 7:27 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I haven’t watched the movie, but I’ve actually read the book. It was amazing how “different” it was, and it did something to me, although I believe that it was a little over the top. But, the point that we can do whatever we want as long as we believe. That’s powerful, and I believe that’s true.

I started online, because I didn’t get any “education” from where I am working. They didn’t provide me with any books, any courses, or anything… and I was suppose to learn everything about what was happening online by myself :)

So, I started a blog, I started watching discussion forums, and reading other blogs etc… I have slowly becoming a blogger and it’s just fantastic.

I can’t wait to listen to the podcast. I walk a lot, and I have been listening to BlogcastFM for many many hours. Now, I’ll add you to my ear as well. Can’t wait :)

Jens

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43 Adrienne Smith
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August 1, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Hey Jens,

You sound like me. When I was in the corporate world, they would’t send me offsite to learn anything new because my time was too valuable and I needed to remain at the office. So I had to teach myself new programs and figure out services. Which is why I guess I love to learn so much and do so much better when I’m just hands on. But look at the opportunities that has opened up for the both of us. We are both now here blogging and loving it.

I walk every evening so I recently bought an iPod Touch, recommended by Ms. Carolyn Nicander Mohr.. I love it and download a lot of my training on it and personal development information. I’m loving listening to podcasts too.

Will definitely let you know when the podcast is live so stay tuned.

See you soon.

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44 Adam August 2, 2011 at 12:54 AM

I just found your site through youtube you have some great content. I started online making small sites and blogs and utilizing Google adsense. I’ve always like to share info and the internet is the best place to do so. I have made several sites recently such as this Click Conspiracy one. Check it out leave a comment if you want. Keep up the good work. I got you bookmarked.

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45 Adrienne Smith
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August 2, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Hey Adam,

Glad you found me through YouTube and decided to hop on over here and read more of what I share on my blog. I appreciate you sharing with us how you got started as well.

So how did you learn to start building small sites? Where did you receive your education? If you could share more of that with us I’d appreciate it. Trying to help others learn how or where they can utilize the information that they will find helpful with their journey.

I appreciate you sharing this information with us Adam and hope to see you again soon.

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46 Adam August 2, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Well I started off using resources such as Google and Youtube still do. But the one thing that helped me the most was when I bought Google Sniper. Google Sniper is a course that teaches you how to make quality wordpress sites that Google loves. I’m not affiliated with Google Sniper in any way and as a customer I can tell you it was a life changer for me. Since then I have built several sites that have ranked on the first page and even first spot. Knowing how to utilize free tools is extremely important in this web world. Of course I am still learning especially when it comes to backlinks and that’s how I found your site, the video about Imautomator . I plan in the next month or so to offer my own customized free version of Google Sniper because I feel like there are not enough sources that give you all the information you need to be successful online without a hefty price. btw Adrienne I noticed you removed my anchor text link to my site in my last comment… i don’t know if it’s against your terms but did you check it out? Those are the kind of sites I build for example.

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47 Adrienne Smith
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August 2, 2011 at 1:34 PM

I’ve used Google Sniper as well and you are right Adam, that is a great product to learn from. Of course I know that they have an upgraded version now since things change so often. I’ve built several sites myself using what I learned there. I’m happy to hear that you have had success learning from George, the creator.

Wow, I will be eager to see your newer version of Google Sniper because I’m sure through this process you have really learned a lot from this experience and things have changed too. Please let me know when that’s available.

Yes, I did remove your anchor text, I prefer you put that URL in the requested area in the comment form or link it through CommentLuv. I did hop over there and check out your site and it looked very familiar. Some I’ve done like that in the past as well. Great job Adam.

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48 Maninder August 3, 2011 at 2:16 AM

Fortunately or unfortunately, Google happens to be that one stop shop for most to get started online.

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49 Adrienne Smith
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August 3, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Google might be the top dog, but it’s not the only dog in town. But like you said, it’s really the best place to start. Unfortunately, it’s also very overwhelming with all the information it provides. So I take it you don’t care to share with us how you got started or is your answer Google?

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50 Maninder August 4, 2011 at 1:41 AM

Yes Adrienne, I started with Google. In fact, my initial blog posts were mostly related to Google in one way or another.

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51 Adrienne Smith
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August 4, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Trusty old Google. I don’t mean to keep asking you questions but was there as much hype that you ran into when you first got started or were you able to really find some golden nuggets that helped you along? Once again, just curious.

Thanks so much for sharing this with me. I really appreciate it and just want to be able to help others when they begin this journey.

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52 Maninder August 5, 2011 at 2:28 AM

Adrienne – No, there were no golden nuggets to help me with. My IT background coupled with my desire to learn more and do more got me started. Mine is more or less same story of making a move from full fledged IT career to blogging.

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53 Adrienne Smith
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August 5, 2011 at 11:05 AM

You IT guys know more, that’s all. You have a better idea of where to locate stuff because you’ve just gotten a head start. Thanks for sharing that Maninder, I appreciate that.

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54 Benny
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August 3, 2011 at 1:55 PM

I’m sorry I’m late to responding. Been wanting to give a great answer so had to find some time!

How did you get started online?

I used to have a sports blog from 2005-2007. I love sports so writing about it was really fun for me. After I ended that I’ve always wanted to do another blog. I’ve started a handful of blogs only to stop writing in less than 3 months. I got excited by the topic at first but couldn’t sustain that enthusiasm.

For Get Busy Living, I bought the domain 2.5 years ago but didn’t know what I should do with it. Should I make it my personal blog or should I help others? Finally in Feb 2011, I published my first real post and have been doing it since. I love every day that I get to do something related to my blog!

For the brand new person venturing into this arena today, what suggestion would you have for them?

Find a topic you really love. I find myself always reading personal development books so I knew this was an area I wanted to learn more about. Don’t think your blog will become a big hit in months. It’s going to take at least 12 months if not longer. There is no such thing as an overnight success. There might be one or two but with 50,000 new blogs started every day (just heard that somewhere but forgot where!), the competition is tough. Also make sure you’re learning and doing something every day related to your blog.

Is there one key piece of information that helped you the most?

Yes and that’s believe I can build a popular blog. It all starts in believing in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, who will? If you think my blog will suck, then guess what? It’ll suck. That’s where being passionate about your topic comes in. When you get days when only 10 people visit, you’ve got to remember the big picture and find ways to bring in traffic. Believe you can and answers will come to you.

Is there one particular training community that you really felt gave you everything you needed?

No I don’t think is one community that gave me everything I need. I’m always looking and learning from others. I visit many great blogs, like yours, on how to be a better blogger. So I take knowledge from many people and apply it to my blog.

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55 Adrienne Smith
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August 3, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Thanks Benny for sharing your journey with us. I didn’t realize you had a sports blog before you started Get Busy Living (which is a truly awesome blog by the way).

You are definitely right, enjoy what you are blogging about and you’ll want to stick with it. Consistency is the key for sure and everything takes time to build up. But man, is the end result ever worth it! :-)

I appreciate you taking the time before coming over here and sharing this with us. I know that my readers will appreciate the help that everyone is so generously giving them. I have the best blogging buddies online today! Yep, I sure do!

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Adrienne

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56 Natasha August 3, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Honestly, I can’t even *remember* when I started online. I’m still in my mid twenties and the internet (AOL, more specifically) started booming when I was about eight or nine… My mom let me use the (very limited) internet early and it has stuck with me since then – I guess that explains why I’m working in it now! :)

Natasha

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57 Adrienne Smith
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August 3, 2011 at 4:16 PM

I’m jealous, see you grew up with it but me!!! Nope, I think the computers were introduced to me in the late 70′s. They were still the dos version and trust me, that wasn’t cool. I would think that if you’ve been doing it for a long time you might not even be aware of when you started searching for things online. I appreciate you sharing this Natasha. I found that very interesting. :-)

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58 Andrew August 8, 2011 at 4:06 AM

Adrienne

I spent the first 30 years of my career working for large corporate companies. I worked hard and rose to a senior level in the IT world. Amazing salary, company car, pension, private healtrh, huge bonuses.

I was very well rewarded.

I’m not mentioning this to boast – my point is although I really enjoyed my career (and the benefits), there was something missing. Work friends were going off doing their own thing…starting their own businesses.

I was quite envious. I thought if I worked as hard as I do for my 9-5 job (or was 8 – 8?), on my own business, it would succeed. Life wasn’t just about the rewards.

I turned to the internet and got excited. I read all the sales pages for all the different products. I was going to be rich within weeks. This was about 6 years ago.

So…I started working part-time…in the evenings and weekends.

The best thing I did and which I recommend to anyone coming into this now…get a mentor. Get someone you can trust who can guide you.

I got a mentor and within weeks, I had a website, blog, my own list, giveaway and first selling product.

After 3 years of working part-time, I gave up the 8-8 and left the corporate world. I now work full-time on my own on-line business.

My last blog post gives one more piece of advice to new bloggers:

“You are going to work at least 20 hours a week for the next 6 months for no income…if you are willing to do that…then start! If not, don’t bother!”

All the best,

Andrew

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59 Adrienne Smith
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August 8, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Hi Andrew,

Wonderful to see you here. Thank you SO Much for sharing this with us. I really appreciate that advice you gave us and I have no doubt that it will be very beneficial for all the newcomers reading this post. You are so right about that my friend… Having your own business beats the corporate world any day but don’t look to make money right from the start. It’s a process. But what a thrill it is when you start seeing it arrive.

Thanks again for your awesome advice. Hope you have a very enjoyable week.

Adrienne

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60 Sandy August 8, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Adrienne -

Honestly, even though the internet has been around since I was relatively young, I haven’t really had much to do with it until recently. I was always more interested in face to face communication, in doing things with my friends rather than chatting with them online. Now that I’ve had more to do with it for work, I can’t say it’s all bad, but I’d still prefer human interaction over a computer if given the choice!

~Sandy

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61 Adrienne Smith
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August 8, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Thanks for your comment Sandy about your time here online. So are you currently building a business and if so, how did you get started? That’s really what I would love to know. Please do share.

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62 Vitaly Tennant
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August 12, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Dang, Jeffrey pretty much hit it on point with his comment.
I got into it 13 years ago after seeing a pyramid type of thing (mlm) on TV, although I was into gaming back then and already had sites up for my clans and guilds back when I was big into video games. Wish I didn’t let that content expire.
I’ve always been a self learner and somehow always found ways to attract like minded individuals … in a sense it was never really reaching out to others, but being at the right place at the right time so to say. Although as the time progressed; networking came into play. Google is still my best adviser.
Thanks for these thought provoking questions Adrienne.

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63 Adrienne Smith
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August 13, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Thanks Vitaly for sharing with us how you got started.

See, a lot of the younger generation has always been into computer but trust me, they weren’t around while I was growing up and not even available in the work place until a lot later too. That’s fascinating that you were into this 13 years ago so I appreciate you sharing with us how you got started. Am really hoping these answers will help others still out there searching. And, they can even get in contact with you if needed.

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64 Laurie August 17, 2011 at 3:18 PM

I started on the net about ten or twelve years ago with a livejournal account – they were all the rage, and I just HAD to have one! I died off after only a few entries, but I think that’s what later inspired me to look into blogging since it’s really a similar concept! So interesting to see everyone’s different internet backgrounds – who knew there could be so many different ways to start using the same thing?

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65 Adrienne Smith
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August 17, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Thanks Laurie for sharing with us how you got started. Do you have any other sites or trainings that you would recommend to others who may be in the same boat? Did you learn from anyone in particular?

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66 Adrienne Smith
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July 28, 2011 at 10:34 AM

So no advice to people coming online today? Is there anyone close to Cory that you would recommend now? Not that anyone can really compare to Cory Rudl, who was a legend in his own right. Would you say that there would be someone who is following in his shoes and hopefully continuing to teach what he shared? Just curious Antonio, you know it would be very helpful.

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